What to bring to drawing

  • Paper: A sketchbook or loose paper at the size you prefer. The larger the paper, the looser and more expressive your work will be. If bringing loose paper, you’ll need to bring a drawing board. 
  • Tools: a mix of drawing media is useful, such as a range of pencils (2B, 4B, 6B, 9B), charcoal (which comes in willow, compressed and pencil forms), conte sticks (compressed ochres and pigments – harder than pastels). You may want to bring a kneadable eraser (for lifting pigment off the page) and a regular eraser. For sharpening your pencils you will need a stanley knife or cutter and a little container for shavings. You may also want to experiment with water soluble graphite or inks. You can also experiment with a range of non-traditional materials, mixing drawing with collage for example and using all sorts of interesting tools. (This list is just a suggestion – you don’t need to invest a lot of money at once.)
  • No fixatives, oils or volatile substances: Due to WH&S reasons, we don’t allow volatile substances including solvents, oil mediums, oil-based markers and fixatives inside Bunya House. If you want to apply fixative to your drawings to prevent them from smudging, you can do this outside the studio.
  • Portable easel or small pop-up table: our easels and tables are restricted due to the sanitation requirements at present, but please feel free to bring your own if you have them.